*CBN pays additional N7bn for gas *Buhari to act on Amnesty Int’l report

Sabinews Evening News Update for June 12, 2015

Power: CBN pays additional N7bn for gas

CBN has disbursed N6.9bn to gas suppliers from the N213bn Nigerian Electricity Market Stabilisation facility to support improved power supply in the country.  Read more

Buhari to act on Amnesty Int’l report

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday insisted that his government will closely study the report released recently by Amnesty International and act on it.

The report had accused top ranking officers of the Nigerian military of gross abuse of human rights.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said that the president was quite disturbed by the allegations in the report. According to him, Buhari has already determined that one of the first assignments of the incoming Attorney General of the Federation would be to look into the Amnesty International report and advise the government on an appropriate course of action. Read more

AGF’s first assignment is to probe AI’s report – Buhari

resident Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said one of the first assignments for whoever he would appoint as the Attorney-General of the Federation would be to investigate the report released recently by Amnesty International.

The report indicted top officers of the Nigerian military of gross abuse of human rights. The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media  and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, insisted that his government would closely study the report. Read more


Ugwuanyi appoints SSG, media aides

Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has announced the first set of appointments in his administration, with the former permanent secretary in the Office of the Governor, Mr. Gabriel Ajah, named as the Secretary to the State Government.

In the same vein, the South-East Bureau Chief of the New Telegraph Newspaper, Mr. Uwakwe Abugu, was named the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, while the former special assistant to the immediate past governor on party matters, Mr. Louis Amoke, was appointed Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity. Ugwuanyi also announced the appointment of Mr. Sylvanus Onoyima, a former head of service, and equally ex-special adviser to the immediate past governor on SERVICOM, as his Special Adviser on Due Process. Read more

ExxonMobil donates equipment, cash to six Nigerian varsities

Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, on Friday in Abuja donated geological equipment and cash to six Nigerian universities.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the benefiting universities are: Akwa Ibom State University, Mkpat-Enin; Anambra State University, Uli; University of Jos and Federal University of Technology, Akure. Others are University of Ilorin and Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta. Read more

Cattle thieves kill cattle owner, set motorcycle ablaze

Cattle rustlers on Friday killed one Tanko Nyam, a cattle breeder in Kyaru village, Daddu District of Jaba Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

The News Agency of Nigeria learnt that the deceased was killed in the early hours of the day when he trailed the rustlers who carted away 20 cows belonging to him. The District Head of Daddu, Bello Shamaki, told NAN that the deceased, alongside others, trailed the rustlers from Kyari village to Kagoma in Jema’a Local Government Area. Read more

Buhari eulogises Sam Amuka at 80

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday paid glowing tribute to the Chairman of Vanguard Media Limited, Chief Sam Amuka-Pemu, who turns 80 on Saturday.

In a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists, Buhari said Nigeria had been well served by the presence of Amuka-Pemu in the media. The President said his contributions to the Nigerian press had manifested, not only in the growth of his newspaper, but also the principled positions he had consistently taken on political stability, accountability and the rule of law.  Read more

AGF’s first assignment is to probe AI’s report – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said one of the first assignments for whoever he would appoint as the Attorney-General of the Federation would be to investigate the report released recently by Amnesty International.

The report indicted top officers of the Nigerian military of gross abuse of human rights. The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media  and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, insisted that his government would closely study the report. Read more

Human rights violation: Buhari to take action on Amnesty report

President Muhammadu Buhari has  again reiterated his pledge that his government will closely study the report released recently by Amnesty International, in which top ranking officers of the Nigerian military were accused of gross abuse of human rights.

In a statement Friday, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu said “The president is quite disturbed by the allegations contained in the report. The next step is to look into the allegations and confirm or disprove the disturbing details.” Read more

Pope Charges World Leaders On Food For All

Pope Francis has urged UN member states to work toward combating food wastage, reducing volatility of food prices and creating a sense of global solidarity to ensure food security for all.

He said this on Friday in Rome while addressing over one hundred delegates attending the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) conference. Read more

South Africa Considers Tax Reforms To Raise Revenue – Official

South Africa’s is considering a number of tax reforms to boost government’s revenue, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Friday.

Nene, who did not give details, told a conference on monetary policy and tax reform in Johannesburg that the government could no longer take it for granted that tax system would remain appropriate for the future. Read more

Stop Meddling In South China Sea Dispute, China Tells Japan

China on Friday urged Japan not to weigh into territorial disputes in the South China Sea, labeling Japan a “non-party” in the matter.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hong Lei, made the comments at regular news conference. He was responding to a reporter’s question on Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, expressing “serious concern” over China’s construction activities on islands and reefs of Nansha Islands in the South China Sea. Read more

Unpaid Subsidy Claims Hinder Importation Of Fuel – DAPPMA

The Depot and Petroleum Marketers Association (DAPPMA) on Friday said that unpaid subsidy claims owed by the Federal Government has continue to hinder importation of petroleum products into the country.

Mr Olufemi Adewole, the Executive Secretary of the association, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos that banks were not ready to give loans to members of his association again. Read more

Inauguration Trek: Father Declares 38-year-old Son Missing

A 38 year old man, Nuruddeen Maimako, has been declared missing by his father following his resolve to embark on a foot solidarity walk from Dass, the headquarters of Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State to Abuja to attend the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari,

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Bauchi State Police Command, Haruna Mohammed, made the revelation in a statement made available to journalists in Bauchi. Read more

Ambode, Oyebode, Falana, others want June 12 declared as Democracy Day

Eminent Nigerians Friday called on the Federal Government to declare June 12 Democracy Day, in place of May 29, so as to immortalize late Chief Moshood Kolawole Abiola and the spirit of the June 12 struggle.

Among those who led the call include Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Professor of International Law and Jurisprudence, Akin Oyebode; Human Right Lawyer, Femi Falana and former Commissioner for Information in Lagos, Dele Alake.

Their request was the focus of their remarks at the commemoration of the 22nd anniversary of June 12, 1993 Presidential Election in Lagos, Friday, where they unanimously agreed that the declaration was the best national recognition that could be accorded the struggle. Read more

Banks to name debtors Aug.1

The Bankers’ Committee yesterday said total bank credit now stands at between N13 trillion and N14 trillion, adding that three per cent of this huge credit is not performing.

Addressing reporters in Abuja yesterday at the end of the Bankers’ Committee meeting,  Director,  Banking Supervision, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mrs Tokunbo Martins, said: “Total bank credit stands at between N13 trillion to N14 trillion; of this amount, about three per cent of that (N390 billion) is not performing. This  means that the industry is very sound.” Read more

Troops for Multi-National Force July 30

President Muhammadu Buhari and other Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) yesterday approved the deployment of the national contingents to the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) by July 30.

The Task Force is to root out Boko Haram from the North East of Nigeria and the entire region.

Deployment of the troops to the MNJTF is part of the resolutions of the over six hours Extraordinary summit of Heads of State and Government and Republic of Benin at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Read more

Amosun to FG: Declare Abiola winner of June 12 polls

Governor Ibikunle Amosun on Friday urged the Federal government to officially declare Chief Moshood Abiola the winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election.

Amosun said that is the way to honour Abiola for the supreme price, the late politician and business magnate, paid to enthrone the democracy being enjoyed in Nigeria today. The Governor who spoke during a novelty match between former Abiola Babes players and the state’s All Star Players at the M.K.O Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, said declaring Abiola the winner is not too much for a man who sacrificed everything for the nation’s democracy. Read more


Customs intercepts 8,000 bags of rice at Gbaji

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operation Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’   has intercepted about 8,000 bags of smuggled rice at Gbaji, Badagry Area of Lagos State.

The commodity which was shipped into the country through the Atlantic Ocean was seized by officers and men of the command based on intelligence reports. The suspected smugglers were said to have shipped the commodity through the Gbaji River for onward shipment by road when they were swooped on by officers of the command. Its Area Controller (CAC), Controller Adamu Turaki said: “Ostensibly aware of the implication of being met with the smuggled items, the suspected smugglers escaped through the water on sighting the arrival of our officers who carried out the operation.” Read more

Three students arrested for Internet fraud in Ondo

THREE students, Fisayo Adetoro a 300 level student of Joseph Ayodele Babalola University, (JABU) in Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State, Emmanuel Omole and Wale Ayeni‎ who are both students of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), have been arrested by the Ondo State Police Command for engaging in internet fraud.

Announcing their arrest, the Ondo State police spokesperson, Oluwole Ogodo, in a statement released on Wednesday, said the three undergraduate students were arrested at Ilesha Garage and Delta Hotel in Akure following intelligence report. Read more

1,200 benefit as Palmgrove Rotary club’s eye camp ends

NO fewer than 1,200 patients smiled home from the 17-day free eye surgeries camp titled, “Save the Sight 2015,” which was organised in Lagos and Ogun states by the Rotary Club of Lagos, Palmgrove Estate, and Indo Eye Care Foundation.

Speaking yesterday at a dinner in Lagos in honour of the team of doctors and medical staff of Rotary Eye Institute, India, who did the surgeries, and sponsors of this edition of the free eye camp, an ex-president of the club, Naranbhai Patel, expressed satisfaction at the success of the exercise Read more

Trial opens over female student’s murder that shocked Turkey

Three men went on trial in Turkey on Friday over the murder and attempted rape of a 20-year-old female student, in a case that sparked an outpouring of anger over the level of violence against women in the country.

Ozgecan Aslan was murdered in the southern region of Mersin in February while returning home from a shopping trip in a minibus. Read more

Amputee Footballer Calls For Assistance For Amputee Football

Ugochukwu Obieze, a national amputee footballer, has called on the relevant authorities to assist in the development of the sport in the country.

Obieze, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday, said that the sport was not getting necessary support needed to improve its standards. Read more

Participants at Egypt Cadet tourney hail Nigerian players

Abdulrhman Al-Naggar, a Qatari player at the ongoing Egypt Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Open in Cairo on Friday applauded the Nigerian players for their excellent performances at the competition.

Al-Naggar told the News Agency of Nigeria covering the competition that tempo of the players were strong and unpredictable. “I’m shocked at the performance of the Nigerian players. I was not expecting them to play this good. “Nigerian players are good, we were always forced to double up when we meet them on the table. Read more

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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